Water Department

Public Water System 

The McCook Public Water System receives its water from a series of wells located in the Republican River Valley. Prior to distribution, water from the wells is softened and treated to remove Nitrate, Arsenic, and Uranium. The treatment plant completed in February of 2006 has a capacity of 6.5 million gallons per day and uses ion exchange to remove impurities from the water.

Following treatment, water is disinfected using chlorine and stored in a four-million-gallon reservoir. Water from the plant is distributed to the 7,994 residents through 3,200 service connections supplied by two pumping stations, two one-million-gallon elevated storage tanks, and 53 miles of water main ranging in size from 24 inches to three inches. Daily production for 2009 averaged 1,743,866 gallons, with a peak day of 4,355,000 (7/21/09) and annual production of 636,511,000 gallons.


The Water System employs five licensed water operators and a billing clerk, is governed by the City Council, and is under the management of the City Manager and Utility Director.

The City of McCook is licensed by the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to operate a Class III Public Water System (Permit No. NE3114504). The system is regulated by Title 179, Regulations Governing Public Water Systems in the State of Nebraska.

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